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Winslow Townson, File, Associated Press
In this Sept. 14, 2013, file photo, New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez heads to the dugout during their 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston. The U.S. government says New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez paid his cousin almost $1 million to keep secret Rodriguez's use of performance enhancing drugs. In court documents filed last week in Miami, federal prosecutors say Rodriguez paid $900,000 last year to settle a threatened lawsuit by Yuri Sucart, who had worked as Rodriguez's personal assistant. Sucart, in a letter from his lawyer, threatened to expose Rodriquez's PED use if he wasn't paid $5 million.

MIAMI — A lawyer for the University of Miami's former pitching coach says Alex Rodriguez admitted to federal investigators he used steroids.

Attorney Frank Quintero Jr., who represents Lazaro Collazo in his defense of charges of conspiracy to distribute performance-enhancing drugs, told The Associated Press that the New York Yankees third baseman confessed to steroids use, according to Drug Enforcement Administration documents provided by the government to lawyers in the case.

The Miami Herald first reported Rodriguez's confession Wednesday.

Rodriguez has denied using steroids supplied by the Coral Gables clinic Biogenesis of America and its owner, Anthony Bosch. But the Herald reported Rodriguez admitted the steroids use in a January interview with DEA agents and prosecutors.

Ron Berkowitz, a spokesman for Rodriguez, didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment.